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Health Tip: Keep Your Kitchen Clean

-- Keeping the kitchen clean can prevent sickness and improve the quality of health for you and your guests, says Wake Forest University. Many foodborne illnesses can be avoided with some extra care.

To help maintain cleanliness, the school suggests:

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Health Tip: Causes of Dry Eye

-- Dry eye affects millions of adults in the United States, says the National Eye Institute.

In a healthy eye, tears keep the surface moist. Without this lubrication, people may feel a stinging, burning or scratchy sensation.

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Health Tip: Treating a Bunion

-- A bunion is a bone-like bump that forms at the base of the big toe, says Mayo Clinic.

It may form when the big toe pushes against the next toe, forcing the joint of the big toe to stick out.

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Health Tip: Living With Celiac Disease

-- Celiac disease is an overactive immune system disorder affecting about 1 in 100 people worldwide, says the Celiac Disease Foundation.

People with celiac disease may well damage their intestines by eating foods that contain gluten. Currently, the only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet.

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Health Tip: Foods With Lactose

-- Intolerance to lactose, if present at all, varies from person to person, the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says.

For many, symptoms can be avoided by reducing the amount of lactose consumed in dairy foods or beverages.

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Health Tip: Firework Safety

-- Though July 4th has passed, you may have some leftover fireworks.

Unfortunately, nearly 300 people in the United States end up in the emergency room each day at the height of the season due to fireworks mishaps, says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

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Health Tip: Make Traveling Easier on Your Pet

-- Taking your dog or cat on a flight may be no cakewalk, depending on the differing requirements of the airlines and various destinations.

That's why it's best to research these things before you leave, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Health Tip: Kayak and Canoe Safety

-- Kayaking and canoeing are popular outdoor activities during summer.

But before you paddle, the American Canoe Academy recommends getting to know the rules of the water.

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Health Tip: Preparing a Better Dessert

-- Desserts don't have to be off-limits for people who want to eat healthier, says Johns Hopkins University.

When preparing desserts, choose baked-good recipes made with skim milk, low-fat cream cheese or yogurt. Using bananas and applesauce as add-ins can also cut down on unhealthy oils and fats.

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